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Polybar Polybar

A fast and easy-to-use tool for creating status bars.

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Polybar aims to help users build beautiful and highly customizable status bars for their desktop environment, without the need of having a black belt in shell scripting.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The main purpose of Polybar is to help users create awesome status bars. It has built-in functionality to display information about the most commonly used services. Some of the services included so far:

  • Systray icons
  • Window title
  • Playback controls and status display for MPD using libmpdclient
  • ALSA and PulseAudio volume controls
  • Workspace and desktop panel for bspwm and i3
  • Workspace module for EWMH compliant window managers
  • Keyboard layout and indicator status
  • CPU and memory load indicator
  • Battery display
  • Network connection details
  • Backlight level
  • Date and time label
  • Time-based shell script execution
  • Command output tailing
  • User-defined menu tree
  • Inter-process messaging
  • And more...

See the wiki for more details.

Getting Help

If you find yourself stuck, have a look at our Support page for resources where you can find help.

Contributing

Read our contributing guidelines for how to get started with contributing to polybar.

Getting started

Installation

Packaging status

Polybar is already available in the package manager for many repositories. We list some of the more prominent ones here. Also click the image on the right to see a more complete list of available polybar packages.

If you are using Debian (bullseye/11/stable) or later, you can install polybar using sudo apt install polybar. Newer releases of polybar are sometimes provided in the backports repository for stable users, you need to enable backports and then install using sudo apt -t bullseye-backports install polybar.

If you are using Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) or later, you can install polybar using sudo apt install polybar.

If you are using Arch Linux, you can install polybar to get the latest stable release using sudo pacman -S polybar. The latest unstable changes are also available in the polybar-git package in the AUR.

If you are using Manjaro, you can install polybar to get the latest stable release using sudo pacman -S polybar.

If you are using Void Linux, you can install polybar using xbps-install -S polybar.

If you are using NixOS, polybar is available in both the stable and unstable channels and can be installed with the command nix-env -iA nixos.polybar.

If you are using Slackware, polybar is available from the SlackBuilds repository.

If you are using Source Mage GNU/Linux, polybar spell is available in test grimoire and can be installed via cast polybar.

If you are using openSUSE Leap or openSUSE Tumbleweed, polybar is available from the official repositories and can be installed via zypper install polybar. The package is available for openSUSE Leap 15.3 and above.

If you are using FreeBSD, polybar can be installed using pkg install polybar. Make sure you are using the latest package branch.

If you are using Gentoo, both release and git-master versions are available in the main repository.

If you are using Fedora, you can install polybar using sudo dnf install polybar.

If you can't find your distro here, you will have to build from source.

First Steps

See the wiki for details on how to run and configure polybar.

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License

Polybar is licensed under the MIT license. See LICENSE for more information.

Signatures

Release archives and tags are signed by a maintainer using GPG. Currently everything is signed by Patrick Ziegler with fingerprint 1D5791352D51A228D4DDDBA4521E5E03AEBCA1A7

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